In his opening statement, Donovan made a pointed, negative reference to the Petit family, referring to them and their extended family's as " The Petit Posse" . The irony is not lost on many people in attendence; A less Posse-like family could not be found ; This family, with grief still deeply etched all over their faces. wearing small pins that are symbols of the spirits of their loved ones, each one murdered, targeted by defendent Joshua Komisarjevsky. He spotted the attractive girls as they shopped at an area supermarket; he stalked them he followed them home,driving from a distance he spied the layout of their house, searching for easy or convenient entry points.
Then he called his burly recent B and E accomplice, Steven Hayes. Komisarjevsky excitedly described the attractive blond young looking mother who he thought that Steven Hayes would like He himself liked the way the younger Petit girl looked.
Michaela was eleven.
This is why Jeremiah Donovan focuses on Dove pins.
The entire Komisarjevsky defense, spear headed by Donovan, has spent the better part of the year filing for the most part - petty vapid motions, such as the motion to ban anyone from wearing the Petit family foundation pins to court. Judge Blue denied that motion as any sane Judge would .
Attorney Donovan appears to share a narcissistic nature with his client, he has demonstrated time and again what appears an ego based need for attention. Thus far he has garnered this attention via broken gag orders, petty verbal attacks, and motions with no teeth designed to distract and clog up the process.
It is not as if this is all a complete surprise.
In a recent article in the New York Times, one of attorney Donovan's former colleagues noted that "Jerry is in this for the challenge, he loves a challenge."
What is clear is that attorney Donovan has obviously connected with Joshua Komisarjevsky on more than one level, a textbook sociopath with severe narcissistic traits. A man who openly shared with his friends, acquaintances, even Police, that he only enjoyed breaking into houses when people were in them.
He explained that otherwise" he found his breaking and entering exploits, too boring".